ST ANDREW'S, GRAFHAM

St Andrew's, Grafham is a beautiful country church, designed, built and lavishly decorated by 
Henry Woodyer. Although we are a small congregation we love God, we love our church 
and we try to love and serve our neighbours.

Our weekly worship on Sundays at 11.15am  is from the Book of Common Prayer, compiled in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, and modified in 1662. Our services, of either Holy Communion or Mattins (Morning Prayer) have been familiar to generations of Christians for the wonderful language - dignified and memorable phrases that speak so clearly to our human condition.

We very much look forward to meeting you.
St Andrew’s Church Grafham on a late September evening. 
September evening

When coming to St Andrews you can always be assured of a very warm welcome. A welcome to those from all walks of life; the young, the elderly, the rich and poor, a welcome to those over 60 but not grown up yet, and a welcome to children and teenagers growing up too fast! 

Interior
The beautiful Chancel in St Andrew's Church

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Here in Grafham at St Andrew's we celebrated Rogation Sunday with a walk around Whipley Manor Farm, kindly hosted by Adrian Elliott. Local parishioners from Grafham and Bramley gathered  together with friends to enjoy the wonderful surrey countryside and to give thanks for the crops, animals and birds as we walked around the farmland. The Rev’d Patsy Kettle led the procession, the readings and prayers.

The walk was followed by a delicious ploughman’s lunch in the large barn, where conversation flowed freely - along with the locally produced cider!

The western Church has traditionally celebrated Rogation Sunday by giving thanks and offering prayers to God for crops, the produce of the earth and also for the hard work of those involved in producing food for the Community. The term ‘rogation’ is derived from the latin  verb rogare which  means ‘to ask’. Rogationtide is the three days before Ascension Day, a period of fasting and abstinence, asking for God’s blessing on the crops and for a good harvest.

During Rogationtide it was  common for the community to get together to ‘beat the bounds’. The ceremony involved a procession of parishioners which would walk around the boundaries of the Parish, led by a minister and the Church Wardens, and which would pray for its protection in the coming year.

Originally Grafham would have been a community where the majority of its 
inhabitants were connected in some way with agriculture. Today, far fewer of us retain that link with the natural world around us. Now, therefore, with growing concerns about our changing environment and the sustainability of our planet in the face of what seems like relentless urbanisation, it is very apt that we should take time to enjoy and appreciate and give thanks for  the beautiful but fragile  world we have been gifted.                                                                                                                                                 Lesley Spencer